detract from (someone or something)

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detract from (someone or something)

To impact someone or something negatively; to diminish someone or something. Unfortunately, that outdated kitchen detracts from the overall value of your house. His lies detracted from his otherwise stellar record as a senator.
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detract from someone or something

to lessen or diminish someone or something. The large pieces of furniture detracted from the lovely design in the carpet. Alice's quiet demeanor did not detract from her grace and beauty.
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detract from

v.
To reduce a quality, importance, or some other value; diminish something: The dent on the side of the car detracts from its overall value. The politician's uneven voting record detracted from his chances of winning the election.
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At the end of the day, the uncertainty surrounding the practical outcome, based on muddy legal arguments, detracts from one of the most prestigious and widely followed yachting events.
However, teaching children in the first and second grades to memorize words only detracts from one of the primary goals of reading instruction--as early as possible, children need to learn to attend to the letters within the words, and to decode the words, and children need to become so proficient at this skills that words are decoded rapidly and effortlessly.